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Microsoft announce HD-10 screen sharing device for Lumia phones (and Android!)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Microsoft unveiled quite a cool accessory last week: a screen-sharing device for Lumia phones called the HD-10. The device works by wirelessly transmitting your Lumia handset’s screen to a receiver plugged into your TV’s HDMI port. You can quickly establish the connection by tapping your NFC-enabled Windows phone onto the NFC disc provided. It’s a pretty sensible solution, and finally gives Lumia owners an ability that has existed for Android and Apple for some time.

Once a connection is established, everything on your screen will be shown on your TV in glorious 1080p with up to 5.1 surround sound. That means you can play games, watch videos or play music on the biggest screen in the room. The HD-10 works with projectors and monitors too, making it an ideal choice for giving presentations. The device weighs just 115 grams, so it’s no problem to stick it in your bag or pocket for use on the road.

Microsoft are also allowing the HD-10 to work with Android and other devices through using the Miracast standard - something we covered in our ‘how to connect your Android device to a TV’ guide. It’s a nice move from Microsoft, and means that friends and roommates with Android devices will still be able to benefit from this cool functionality.

The HD-10 looks like a pretty useful gadget to have around. Microsoft’s screen-sharing device is currently on pre-order, and is expected to retail for around £60 later this month. For more photos and information, including live price and availability data, please visit the product page listed below:

Nokia announce Lumia 830 affordable flagship, Lumia 730 selfie-phone

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

#MORELUMIA. That was the promise from Nokia ahead of their IFA press conference, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Microsoft-owned company unveiled two new Windows Phones, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730. The Lumia 830 is the company’s thinnest and lightest Lumia ever, with a 10-megapixel PureView camera and mid-range specifications. The Lumia 730 is a self-described “selfie phone”, with a wide-angle front-facing camera, a special Lumia Selfie app and more pedestrian internals.

Nokia Lumia 830

The Lumia 830 is a mid-range phone with features that have previously only appeared on flagship Lumia models. The leading feature is the inclusion of a PureView camera – albeit with a reduced 10-megapixel sensor - with optical image stabilisation and ZEISS optics. That should set a new photographic standard for what is otherwise a mid-range phone.

The Lumia 830 may be thin, but it does have a reasonably large 720p screen at 5 inches. The 830′s diminutive dimensions are stuffed with a reasonable amount of horsepower. There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD slot. On the outside, the Lumia 830 is clad in the same aluminium frame and polycarbonate rear cover that Nokia have found favour with in the past, in bright colours: orange, green, white and black.

In terms of software, you can expect Windows Phone with the Lumia Denim update that was announced today. That update includes Cortana in the UK, folders, SMS merging and forwarding, customisable snooze times, VPN support and improvements to IE.

The Lumia 830 comes with support for wireless charging, and is compatible with a new DT-903 wireless charging plate that’ll also show you notifications. We’ll have the full range of Nokia Lumia 830 accessories available soon.

The Lumia 830 should debut for around €330 (before taxes and subsidies) from September.

Nokia Lumia 730 + 735

The second model announced by Nokia is their self-described “selfie phone”, available as the Nokia Lumia 730 (dual-SIM) or Lumia 735 (LTE) models. The models are identical apart from this difference in network connectivity, so we’ll refer to both here.

The Lumia 730′s selfie capabilities come care of a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 24mm focal length. That translates into a wider angle view, letting you take group selfies or capture your surroundings more easily. The phone comes with a special Lumia Selfie app for maximising your ‘selfibilities’. Nokia also highlight the camera’s suitability for video calling on Skype (which, of course, is also owned by Microsoft).

The Lumia 730 comes with similar internals to the 830: the same quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, but only 8GB of internal storage instead of 16GB on the 830. The rear camera is also weaker on the 730, as it comes without that PureView branding and with a weaker 6.7-megapixel sensor. The phone also has the same resolution screen – 720p – at a slightly smaller 4.7-inch span.

The Lumia 730 and 735 will begin shipping in September; the LTE (735) version will cost €220 before taxes and subsidies, while the dual-sim model (730) will cost €200 before taxes and subsidies. As usual, we’ll have a full range of Lumia 730 accessories and Lumia 735 accessories available as the phones are released.

Signing off

Thanks for checking out Nokia’s announcements. We’ll have much more information on these phones and their accessories in the days and weeks ahead, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for these announcements as they come!

Top 5 Nokia Lumia 1520 cases

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best cases for Nokia’s phablet, the king-sized Lumia 1520. Let’s get started!

1. Nokia Protective Cover Case

Nokia Protective Cover Case for Lumia 1520 - Yellow    Nokia Protective Cover Case for Lumia 1520 - Yellow

We begin with Nokia’s own case for the Lumia 1520, the Protective Cover. This case protects the phone’s screen with a flip cover, which can be folded back to serve as a handy media stand. The case also protects the corners of your device, granting a good amount of impact protection without affecting accessibility. It’s a strong case that is one of our top recommendations for the Lumia 1520.

2. Flexishield Case

FlexiShield Case for Google Nexus 5 - Dark Blue    Flexishield Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 - Smoke Black

A nice, cheaper alternative is the FlexiShield case. This case is less than a tenner, but its gel material still provides both grip and protection. It’s also one of the slimmer cases we have for the Lumia 1520, ensuring that you have the best possible chance of fitting the phone into your pocket.

3. Piel Frama FramaSlim Case

Piel Frama FramaSlim Nokia Lumia 1520 Case - Tan    Piel Frama FramaSlim Nokia Lumia 1520 Case - Tan

The Piel Frama FramaSlim is our high-end case option, and it’s an absolute beauty. The case is handcrafted by leather artisans and carefully monitored for fit and finish, resulting in a perfect product. The FramaSlim is a skinnier version of the critically acclaimed Frama series of cases, which uses microscopic suction cups to secure your Lumia 1520 inside the case. It’s a daring concept, but it’s well realised to make a surprisingly slim leather case.

4. Capdase Sider Baco Folder Case

Capdase Sider Baco Folder Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 - Black / Clear    Capdase Sider Baco Folder Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 - Black / Clear

The Capdase Sider Baco is a more affordable case, with a similar folio form factor but with synthetic materials used instead of leather. The case has a flip cover that can also serve as a media stand and has space for cash and cards.

5. DiCAPac Universal Waterproof Case

DiCAPac 100% Universal Waterproof Up to 5.7 inch case=    DiCAPac Universal Waterproof Case for Smartphones up to 5.7 inch - Pink

Our final case is a universal option that fits the Lumia 1520 well, the DiCAPac. This case is entirely waterproof, allowing you to use your phone underwater or in other wet environments. The case even includes a space for your camera, so you’re able to take stunning underwater shots.

Conclusion

That’s all for now folks! Let us know what you think of these Lumia 1520 cases, and if you have any questions then let us have ‘em. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week ahead.

Top 5 Nokia Lumia 930 accessories – August 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Today we’re going to have a look at five must-have Nokia Lumia 930 accessories.

5. Cover-Mate Desktop Charging Dock

Cover-Mate Nokia Lumia 930 Desktop Charging Dock    Cover-Mate Nokia Lumia 930 Desktop Charging Dock

Our first accessory today is this charger for the Nokia Lumia 930: the Cover-Mate Charging Dock. The dock combines a desk stand and a charger in one convenient package, allowing you to keep an eye on incoming notifications and fill up your batteries at the same time. The simple plastic styling matches that of the 930, and the small profile of the dock ensures that it’s quite portable as well.

4. FlexiShield Gel Case

FlexiShield Case For Nokia Lumia 930 - Blue    FlexiShield Case For Nokia Lumia 930 - Blue

FlexiShield are another well respected low-cost case provider, and as usual they’re a solid choice for your phone. The case is made from a tough but flexible gel, allowing your phone to resist minor impacts and scratches while remaining light. The cases are available in multiple colours too, so it’s easy to find a colour scheme that fits your particular style.

3. Olixar High Power Car Charger

High Power Lightning Car Charger with Extra USB Port - Black    High Power Lightning Car Charger with Extra USB Port - Black

This car charger provides everything that a growing smartphone needs for long car journeys. The charger charges the phone at up to 2.4A, ensuring that the Lumia 930 remains charged even if you’re using GPS navigation or other power-hungry services. An integrated USB port allows you to use any excess power to charge a second device too.

2. ArmourDillo Protective Case

Armourdillo Hybrid Nokia Lumia 930 Protective Case - Red    Armourdillo Hybrid Nokia Lumia 930 Protective Case - Red

This ArmourDillo Case is an oft-picked favourite, thanks to its winning combination of good protection, added features and a low price. The case resembles its namesake, with an armoured exoskeleton on the back providing considerable drop and scratch protection. A built-in viewing stand is handy too, letting you enjoy films or see incoming notifications with ease.

1. Coloud Pop Nokia Headphones

Coloud Pop Nokia Headphones - WH-510 - Blue

The Nokia Lumia 930 is a bright, stylish smartphone and it deserves a pair of equally attractive headphones. These ear buds from Coloud Pop are made for Nokia themselves, and sport a fun blue or red colour. The headphones are durable and capable, with a flattened cable design that prevents tangles and a built-in mic and remote for full phone compatibility.

Conclusion

That’s all the time we have for now folks! If you have any questions or selections of your own to make, then please get in contact via the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.

Take control of your smartphone games with these handy joysticks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Smartphone Joystick    Smartphone Joystick

Mobile phones and tablets have brought a new gaming revolution, with the keyboard and controller paradigms of yesteryear playing second fiddle to touch screens and accelerometers on these gadgets. Yet sometimes touch controls just aren’t precise enough, and to really excel you need to go back to these earlier input methods. It’s possible to get a full-blown controller and hook it up to your phone or tablet, but sometimes that’s just not necessary.

Instead, just grab one or two of these tiny joysticks and attach them directly to the screen with their suction cup. Once attached, moving the joystick will produce an effect on the screen below, letting you play touch-screen games with ease. You’ll be able to control your game much more cleanly, making it easier to score headshots or juke past defenders. You’ll get tactile feedback, and the same easy controls that you’d find on retro arcade cabinets to modern console controllers… and all without batteries, pairing, setup or hassle. Just stick and play. And when you want to play a different game or stop entirely, it’s simple to unstick the suction cups and re-attach when you want to play again.

Smartphone Joystick    Smartphone Joystick

The Smartphone Joystick is made from milled aluminium, granting a perfect feel and long-lasting durability. Each joystick is tiny too, so you can easily keep a couple in your pocket or in your bag. The joysticks are sold in packs of one or two, and even with two you’ll be paying the fraction of the cost of a traditional mobile phone controller. One will allow you to play games designed around a single thumb stick, while two will let you play shooters and other dual-stick games.

The smartphone joysticks provide an easy middle ground between touch screen controls and a traditional console-style game controller. For more information on these helpful joysticks, please visit the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of this handy gadget in the comments below!

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